Vilniaus Sv.Tereses parapija
Ausros vartu g. 14
LT-01303 Vilnius
Lietuva
El.p. rastine@ausrosvartai.lt
Tel. (00370 5) 212 35 13

Frescoes
 

_dsf0583.jpgThe wall paintings in the church of St Theresa are the only such ambitiously wide-scope work of art left from the artistic heritage of the Discalced Carmelites of the Lithuanian province. The creation of this work of art is related to the 1760 fire at Aušros Vartų Street, afterauŠros vartai 386.jpg which monks put many efforts to repair it and decorated it with frescoes before 1763. The main paintings of the nave walls were finished in September, 1763, while the next year saw the decoration of the vaulting of the side chapels and the walls. It is believed that the frescoes were painted by Motiejus Sluščianskis.

auŠros vartai 414.jpgThe eighteen frescoes representing the life of St Theresa reflect the spirit of the Carmelite order.   The author, who decorated the church of St Theresa, had gathered inspiration for his work from the eighteenth century carvings by Arnold van Westerhout Vita Effigiata della Serafica Vergine S. Teresa di Gesu featuring the life of the Saint, and which is comprised of more than 60 carvings with short Latin comments beneath them
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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE GATES OF DAWN


O my Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, I offer myself entirely to Thy grace and to Thy overwhelming mercy today and forever, but mostly at the hour of my death do I dedicate myself to thee. To thee do I dedicate my body and soul, all my happiness and hope, all my sorrows and sufferings! I offer my life and the end of my life to Thy holy hands so that through Thy merits all my deeds and acts go according to Thy holy will and according to the will of Thy sweetest Son! Amen.


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